In Memoriam: Dr. Norma Scarborough

Norma-ScarboroughOn behalf of the AAMFT-CA Division Board of Directors and Executive Director, it is with deep sadness that we inform the membership of the sudden passing of our Board President, Dr. Norma Scarborough, due to complications with her heart and respiratory issues.  Dr. Scarborough served on the AAMFT-CA Division Board of Directors continuously for the past twelve years, as a Board member, Treasurer, President Elect, President and Immediate Past President. She had just begun a second elected term as President of the California Division on January 1st of this year.

Dr. Scarborough was an incomparable leader, guiding the Board’s working process with her depth of knowledge, wisdom and fierce love of our profession.  She inspired us with her resolve to take the “high road” and her unfaltering belief that it can always get better.  She reached out to all of our professional community as a role model – dedicated to advancing and supporting the profession so as to enable us to affect the lives of others.  Dr. Scarborough changed lives. She made a difference.

Dr. Scarborough identified herself as a “systemic relational therapist”. She would often say, “I am MFT”, as she loved the profession and embodied it in every way. Dr. Scarborough received her M.A. degree from California State University Dominguez Hills and was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in the 1980s. Dr. Scarborough completed her doctoral work at Loma Linda University and was the first ever student to graduate with a DMFT (Doctorate in Marriage & Family Therapy). Dr. Scarborough had a passion to mentor MFT students and new professionals in the field. Specifically her desire was to mentor minority students. She began working as a full-time faculty member at Alliant International University, Los Angeles Campus in 2010. She became the Site Director of the LA Campus in 2013. Dr. Scarborough has also taught courses at Pepperdine University, Pacific Oaks College and California State University Dominguez Hills.

Dr. Scarborough will be greatly missed.  The most profound honor to her legacy would be to serve others well and carry forward her work for the profession with the integrity, dedication and commitment that she so beautifully exemplified.

Due to Dr. Scarborough’s passing, per our Division Bylaws, as President-Elect, I now move into the role of Division President. As per our Division Governance Policies, we will also be conducting a special election, to elect a President-Elect, in the next few weeks. Please watch for email announcements regarding this.

Angela Kahn
AAMFT-CA Division